Four months’ jail for benefit cheat

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A BENEFIT cheat who conned the taxpayer out of almost £20,000 has been jailed for four months.

Olwen Prosser, of Parker Road, appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court and admitted four charges of making false statements and failing to report a change in working circumstances.

The 50-year-old was overpaid £14,233 in carer’s allowance and a further £2,860 in housing and council tax benefit.

Magistrates sent her to prison for 16 weeks.